Zebulun was the tenth son of Jacob and sixth of Leah and father
of the tribe of Zebulun, one of the twelve
tribes of Israel.
When he was born Leah said "God has provided
me with a good dowry" (Hebrew: zvad). He was part of the plot to
sell Joseph into slavery,
and later one of the group sent to Egypt to buy corn. He later lived
in Egypt with his three sons Sered, Elon and Jahleel. Zebulun received
the blessing from Jacob of: "Zebulun shall settle the seashores;
he will be a harbour for ships; his border shall reach Sidon (Genesis
49:13). The tribe of Zebulun inhabited the northern land of Canaan.
Both the tribes of Naphtali and Zebulun are mentioned as brave soldiers in the Song of Deborah during
the battle against Sisera (Judges
The tribe of Zebulun settled to the west of the tribe of Issachar, in the middle of the Galilee.
Sources: Bridger, David. Ed. The
New Jewish Encyclopedia, NY: Behrman House, 1976; Navigating
the Bible II